The mountains may be enjoying plenty of snow, but as usual, northern Nevada isn’t quite as lucky. We’ve had a minimal amount of rain here on the valley floor, which brings us to the topic of today’s post – watering during the winter. Contrary to popular belief, your outdoor spaces do need water in the winter. But how much? How often? The landscape construction experts here at Harris Landscape Construction are sharing tips for winter watering in northern Nevada.
Watering in the Winter Months
Supplemental water in the winter is important for the health of your trees, shrubs, lawns, and other plants. Prolonged periods of time without precipitation results in stressed lawns and plants that may not recover when the weather warms. To help ensure the health of your outdoor spaces, and in the event of lengthy dry spells, the rule of thumb is to water every five to six weeks during the winter. If you’ve winterized your irrigation system, hand watering may be best. Just remember to disconnect hose bibs when you’re done. Here are a few best practices:
- Water between 10 am and 2 pm when it’s warmer. That way, the water will be able to reach root zones without freezing.
- Pay special attention to southern or southwest-facing parts of your landscaping. These areas get more sunshine, so they’ll need more tending.
- Soaker hoses are a good choice to seep water out slowly to the roots. You can leave them in place for an hour or two.
- Keep in mind that watering days stay the same in winter, but there are no time restrictions. You can confirm your assigned watering days with the Truckee Meadows Water Authority.
A little bit of care during the winter will help ensure a beautiful landscape come spring. And if you have any tentative plans for new landscaping projects next year, now is the time to start the ball rolling. Contact Harris Landscape Construction today, and let’s discuss your plans.